Igor Babailov is one of the most sought after portrait artists of the historic academic tradition. Deemed Living Master by the Art Renewal Center and recipient of national and international awards and honors, his paintings of world leaders, celebrities and distinguished individuals are in official public, private, corporate and museum collections, including those of : President George W. Bush (Bush Presidential Library), former First Lady Hillary R. Clinton (Clinton Presidential Library); Supreme Court Justice, The Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan, (Supreme Court, New York); General David H. Petraeus - United States Army Commander (West Point Museum), historic new portrait of George Washington (George Washington’s Mount Vernon Museum); Pope Benedict XVI (Vatican, Rome), Pope John Paul II (Vatican, Castelgandolfo); Nelson Mandela (Presidential Collection, SA); HRH Prince Andrew (Buckingham Palace); Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York, (Giuliani Partners, NYC); Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill (Moscow Patriarchate); President Vladimir Putin of  Russia (The Kremlin); Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, (Parliament Hill, Canada); Senator Michael Pitfield, TV celebrity Regis Philbin; actor James Gandolfini; Founder & CEO Isadore Sharp (The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts); Dr. Wayne Streilein (Harvard University);  Steinway pianist Byron Janis (Steinway Hall Museum, NYC); Maria Cooper Janis, (daughter of film star Gary Cooper), Ted Lazenby (The Board, Kennedy Center, by Presidential Appointment); portrait of sculptor - Frederick Hart (Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and Museum, Washington, DC), President Curtis Simic (Indiana University Foundation); hockey legends Bobby Hull and Vladislav Tretiak, American football stars Boomer Esiason, and Tiki Barber; Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, world-renowned Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (Steven Spielberg’s Starlight Starbright Foundation, Japan) and many others.
"The Gipsy Man" 
  by Valery Babailov,             (1941 - 2001)
Painting by Valery Babailov
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ABOUT  THE  ARTIST
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Member of the National Arts Club, he is an exclusive speaker on the Harry Walker Agency – America’s leading executive lecture agency, including such celebrity speakers as President Bill Clinton, and others. Some of his distinctive family portraits include the Molsons, Pushkins, Lazenbys, Desmarais, Henrys, Khrushchevs, Solzhenitsyns and Ambassador and Mrs. Ruggiero of Rome.In 1996 he organized the very First Official  delegation visit of American artists to Russia and has taught at the Florence Academy of Art, Italy in 1999.
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Igor V. Babailov, Hon RAA, world-renowned portrait and figurative artist, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), scholar and spokesperson for the traditional school of art, was born on February 9, 1965 in  the town of Glazov, Udmurt Republic of Russia, into a family of academia.
Having been awarded a rare recommendation to Surikov Academy by the art professors of the Art Lyceum and after successfully completing the entry exams, Babailov was accepted into the world acclaimed art institution, V. Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute (aka Surikov Academy) representing the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts, est.1757, which taught and gave the world many outstanding Masters, including the great American artist
Art Career - The Beginning
High Education - The Academy
Portrait Works
Famous Teachers
Since the early age in his academic education, Igor Babailov studied under some of the finest artists in art history, and in direct lineage within the studios of the Academy he is a third generation student of world-famous Valentin Serov and Ilya Repin (click here.)
Multi-figurative Paintings
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
FINE ART EDUCATION
Igor Babailov's fine art education (1974-1990) belongs to the acclaimed Russian-European Academic school of art. In the direct Teacher-Student lineage of the Academy he is a third generation student of Russian Masters: Repin, Serov, Korovin,  Arkhipov and V. Favorskiy.  They taught  Yuon, Kardovskiy, Grabar, Deineka,  S.Gerasimov, Korin, world-renowned artists who taught Mr. Babailov's professors.  Babailov studied directly under Zabelin, Danilichev, Chirkov, Andriaka,  M. Kugach,  O.Pavlov, Shatskiy, Sherbakov, Zavgorodniy, Gorbunov, Kholmogorov, art historian Mikhail Alpatov and other distinguished artists and professors of Fine Art.
Curriculum of studies included intensive training in
  • Human Anatomy (The Anatomical Studies of the Human Form, as the fundamental of the most challenging form in visual art).
  • The Laws of Perspective 
  • Composition: The Master Rules
  • Studio Life Painting: Still-life, Cast, Portrait, Torso,
         Nude Figure, Clothed Figure, Group Model setting, concepts
         of colors and tonal values
  • Studio Life Drawing: Still-life, Cast, Portrait, Torso, Nude Figure, Clothed Figure, Croup Model setting, exercises in anatomy, proportions, chiaroscuro.
  • Plein-Air Practice (national and international travels, outdoor Portraits, Landscapes, etc. all from life)
  • Technology of Painting and Painting Materials  (studied under professor O.B. Pavlov,
         great-grandson of the 19th century Russian landscape Master painter Alexei Savrasov.
  • Studies of the Masters Techniques
  • Official Museum Copies (with the obtained official permission from the Russian Ministry of Culture, to make identical copies from the original works of art in the museum collections )
  • World Art History: Painting , Sculpture, Architecture from Pre-historic Art to Contemporary
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Igor painted his first portrait at the age of four. Child prodigy, he began his formal fine art education at the age of nine. At the age of thirteen, he entered into a nationwide competition of thousands of applicants, to compete for the only opening at the most prestigious and one of only two schools of this kind in the world, the school for gifted children, specialized in classical visual art education - Moscow Secondary School of Fine Arts (later renamed The Moscow State Academic Art Lyceum under the Russian Academy of Arts). Upon strict and disciplined art exams for twenty five pre-selected children, Igor Babailov was honored to be the one to fill that special vacancy and was accepted into the school, where four years later he graduated with honors.
2009 Awarded Order "Service to Art" ("The Golden Star") by the International Academy of Culture
and Art
2009 General David H. Petraeus Award "For Excellence", awarded by U.S. General David H. Petraeus
2006 Honored by the Vatican with the special sitting with Pope Benedict XVI for the Papal Portrait.
2005 Pontifical Medal of Pope John Paul II, presented by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Ventura
2004 Portrait of Pope John Paul II ("Believe"), by the personal decree of Pope John Paul II, is displayed in Castel Gandolfo, Vatican
2004 The painting "For Gold, God and Glory" is permanently included in the Peruvian                                 Encyclopedia, Empresa Editora Il Comercio,S.A
2003 Honorary Member, Drawing Society of Canada
2002 Honored with the title "Living Master" by the Art Renewal Center (ARC)
2001 Honorable Mention – Portrait Competition, International Artist Magazine, Australia
1999 Honorable Mention – Portrait Competition, The Artists Magazine, U.S.A.
1997 The Merit Award – “Realism '97 International Art Competition, Parkersburg, WV
1994 Grand Prize Winner – American Society of Portrait Artists Competition
1993 Award “For Outstanding Achievement in Portrait Painting” – National Portrait Seminar – American Artist Magazine
1992 Selected to create a Cover for the book "From East to West"
1990 Selected by the National Academic Committee to be one of the few students to represent the Russian         Academic school in the Exhibition in Scotland. Participants included the graduates of the Surikov Academy, the Repin Academy and the Stroganov Art Institute.
1989 First Prize Winner – Annual All-students Graphic Works Competition, Surikov Academy of Fine Arts
1989 Selected to draw the portraits of Russian Celebrities, such as: A.Rosenbaum, I.Resnik, L.Dolina,            E.Shifrin, B.Moiseev, to name a few. 
1988 Surikov Academy presents Babailov's academic drawing to Vietnam Academy of Art, to symbolize the  friendship between two Academies.
1983 Honors Graduate, Surikov College of Fine Art.  Professors’ Recommendation for special                       admition to the Surikov Academy of Fine Arts.
1981 Top Prize Award for portrait "Egorka" in the prestigious Soviet Art Colleges' National Competition, judged and presented by the celebrated Russian Artist Fyodor P. Reshetnikov.
1979 Selected out of thousands in the Nation-wide competition for the only vacancy at the prestigious Surikov College of Fine Art in Moscow.


LECTURED & DEMONSTRATED

Present  The Russian-American Academy of Art / The Igor Babailov
             Institute of Realism – Master Workshops              
Present Featured Exclusive Art Speaker on the Harry Walker Agency-
             America’s Leading Exclusive Lecture Agency in New York
2011       St. Thomas Aquinas College, Nashville, TN
2010       Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2010       Monmouth University, New Jersey
2009       Ave Maria University - Master Workshop, Lecture, Demo
2009       Portrait Society of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
2009       Dominican Sisters, the Congregation of St.Cecilia, Nashville, TN
2006-2010  Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (Stage Painting
             Demonstration & Lecture, critiques)
2005       Tennessee Arts Academy, Belmont University (Lecture)
2005      Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (Stage Painting
             Demonstration & Lecture)
2004      Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (Stage Demonstations,
             Workshop & Judging of the Portrait Show with 
             Dr. Marcus Burke, Curator, Museum, Hispanic Society
             of America, New York City)
2003      Bellport Art council, Long Island, NY (Master Workshop/
             Demonstration)
2002      Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Stage Portrait
             Demonstration, Canadian Society of Portrait Artists Festival)
2000      Preparatory Art College, Glazov, Russia, (“Mastering yourself” Lecture)
1999      Florence Academy of Art - Florence, Italy (Instructor of Figure Painting in Oil, Summer                                   Program) The International attendance of students included the art students from Four                                     Continents.   
1999      Cincinnati Art Club, 2nd oldest Art Club in the USA (Demonstration for at least 100 people                                & a Master Workshop)
1999       Private instruction to Sayaka Yamaguchi, the student from Tokyo, Japan
1999       West Coast Portrait Society – Sacramento, CA USA (Master Workshops, Demos)
1997       West Coast Portrait Society – Sacramento, CA USA (Master Workshops, Demos)
1996       West Coast Portrait Society – Sacramento, CA USA (Master Workshops, Demos)   
1995      American Society of Portrait Artists – USA (Lecture/Painting Presentation)
1994       Ontario College of Art - Canada (Lecture & Slides Presentation)
1990 -1993   Master Workshops, Loyalist College, Ontario


SELECTED LIST OF PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITIONS
2013 Portrait of His Royal Highness Prince Andrew The Duke of York, unveiled.
2012 Official Portrait of Patriarch Kirill of Russia unveiled at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow
2010-2011 Igor Babailov's Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, exhibited in the "Vatican Splendors" North American exhibition, alongside the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Giotto and other Masters of the Renaissance.
2010 Portrait presentation to Gen. David Petraeus - AEI, Irving Kristol Award presentation event
2010 Unveiling of the portrait of Albert G. Lowenthal, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., New York City
2009 Unveiling of the portrait of Michael Novak, Ave Maria University
2009 Unveiling of the portrait of George Washington, Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, VA
2009 Unveiling of the portrait of Reggie Jackson, Baseball Hall of Famer, New York
2008 Unveiling of the portrait of Justice Joseph P. Sullivan, The Supreme Court, New York
2008 Unveiling of the portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, Washington, DC - Vatican, Rome
2008 Unveiling of the portrait of Tiki Barber, American Football Star, New York City
2007 Unveiling of the portrait of Frederick Hart and his Cross of the Millennium, collection Pope John            Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, DC
2007 Unveiling of Portraits of Bob Costas and Bill Gallo, Waldorf Astoria, New York City
2006 Solo Exhibition, The Gallery at Summerlin, Las Vegas
2006 "The World Celebrities Art Fair", Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Presentation of preliminary sketches to Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican
2006 Unveiling of the portrait of Isadore Sharp, Founder&Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
2006 Unveiling of the portrait of Boomer Esiason, New York City
2006 Unveiling of the portrait of John Bello, New York City
2006 Unveiling of two portraits at the Indiana University Art Museum.
2006 Regional Museum Exhibition on Life and Works of Igor Babailov, Glazov, Russia
2006 Unveiling of Portrait of Dr. J.W. Streilein, The Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard 
2005 Unveiling of James Gandolfini's portrait, Waldorf Astoria, New York City
2005 Official presentation of Frederick Hart's portrait, Russian Embassy, Washington, DC
2005 Unveiling of the Portrait of Byron Janis, Steinway Hall, Steinway & Sons, New York City
2004 State Portrait Presentation to Pope John Paul II, Vatican 
2003 Portrait Presentation to Regis Philbin, New York City
2003 Portrait Presentation to Gouvernor Yves Fortier, Hudson’s Bay Company
2002 State Portrait Presentation to President George W. Bush, The White House, Washington, DC
2002 Portrait Presentation to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York, NY
2002 State Portrait Presentation, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Parliament Hill
2002 State Portrait Presentation to President V. Putin, Moscow, Russia
2002 State Portrait Presentation to V. Tretiak, Moscow, Russia
2001 State Portrait Presentation to Nelson Mandela, Ottawa, Canada
2001 Portrait Presentation to Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien
2001 Solo Exhibition and Launch of the Russian Sponsored Book, Russia
2000 State Presentation of the Portrait of M. Kalashnikov, Central Armed Forces Museum, Russia
2000 Unveiling of the Portrait of Dr. R. Kilmura, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1999, 98, 97 Art Auction, Alzheimer Society (Benefit)
1999 Solo Exhibition, Ogilvy’s Ltd., Montreal (Benefit for Emmanuelle Masson School
       for disabled children)
1999 Art Auction, Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Palm Beach, Florida (Benefit)
1999 Annual Exhibition of Portrait Brokers of America, Inc. (Conference) .
1996 Joint American-Russian Art Exhibition, Kolomna (dated 1078), Russia.
1996 "Vernisazh" Solo Exhibition, HEIM America at Fisher Island Gallery, Florida
1995 Solo Exhibition, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto
1995 Art Auction, Shaw Festival, Toronto (Benefit)
1993 Solo Exhibition, Portraits Inc. Montreal
1992 International Foundation for Peace Through Culture, Ottawa
1989 Glasgow College of Art, Scotland


INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL RELATIONS (Selected list)
2012 Elected Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757) -  Life Membership
2010- 2011 Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI selected by the Pope to represent His Papacy at the Vatican             Splendors museum tour in North America.
2009 International Academy of Culture and Art - Honorary Member
2008 Unveiling of the portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, Washington, DC - Vatican, Rome
2006 "The World Celebrities Art Fair", Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2003  Pre-Unveiling tour of the portrait of Pope John Paul II (New York-Montreal-Toronto-Vatican)
2002  State Portrait Presentation to President V. Putin, Moscow, Russia
2002  State Portrait Presentation to V. Tretiak, Moscow, Russia
2001  State Portrait Presentation to Nelson Mandela, Ottawa, Canada
2000  Preparatory Art College, Glazov, Russia, (“Mastering yourself” Lecture)
1999  Florence Academy of Art - Florence, Italy (Instructor of Figure Painting in Oil, Summer                       Program) The International attendance of students included the art students from Four                          Continents.  
1996  Organized the very First Official delegation of American artists to Russia in conjunction
        with the DUMA (Russian Parliament) and the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation.                The agenda included trips to the Art Museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg and Plein Air painting with the group of prominent Russian artists, resulting in the joint Art Exhibition, featured in print media.
1992  International Foundation for Peace Through Culture, Ottawa
1989  Selected by the Surikov Academy to represent the Russian School of Drawing at the exhibition in           Scotland.

COLLECTIONS
Igor Babailov created over 2,000 portraits and other works. More than half of these are in official public, private and corporate collections around the world. They include:

CORPORATE & OFFICIAL  ( Selected list - alphabetical order )
Albert College
Ave Maria University
Boston Eye & Ear Hospital
Buckingham Palace, London
Bush Presidential Center
Central Armed Forces Museum, Moscow, Russia
Clinton Presidential Center -
Consulate General of Russia - Montreal
Contrans Corporation -
Corporate Planning Associates -Toronto
Cramer, Rosenthal, McGlynn, LLC - New York City
Essroc Cement, Inc. - Portrait of Harvey McFarland
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts - Full Length Portrait of Isadore Sharp, The Lobby of the HQ Building
George Washington's Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, VA
Giuliani Partners, LLC - New York City
Harvard University, Medical School, Cambridge, MA
House of Commons, Canada - Heritage Collection, Gallery of Prime Ministers
Hudson’s Bay Company (est. 1670) - Hall of Fame, Portraits of Gouvernors
Hummingbird Communications
Indiana University Art Museum
Indiana University Foundation
Kremlin, Moscow, Russia - Presidential Collection
Kurosawa Productions, Tokyo, Japan
McDonald's Corporation,
Monmouth University - Seven portraits displayed at the University's Portrait Gallery, New Jersey
National Bank of Canada
Nelson Mandela Presidential Collection, South Africa
Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., New York City
Patriarchat, Russia
Power Corporation of Canada
Reitmans Inc., Montreal
Rhone - Poulenc Rorer Inc., France - U.S.A,, Philadelphia, PA
Russian Nobility Association, New York City
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School
Somiper Inc. Canada
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
Steinway & Sons, New York City
Synergistics Industries Ltd. Toronto
The Supreme Court of the State of New York
The White House, Washington, DC
Vatican Museum, Vatican
Vietnam Academy of Art
Westpoint Academy Museum, New York

World Leaders, Distinguished Families & Personalities   ( Selected list )
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
His Holiness Pope John Paul II
President and Mrs. Nelson Mandela, South Africa
President of the United States of America, Hon. George W. Bush
General David H. Petraeus, Commander, United States Central Command
NEW Portrait of George Washington (Collection: Mount Vernon Museum)
His Excellency V.V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation
His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill
Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Honorable Brian Mulroney
First Lady Hillary R. Clinton
His Royal Highness Prince Andrew The Duke of York
Senator and Mrs. Douglas Henry, United States
Senator Michael Pitfield, Canada
Senator Herman Moore, North Carolina, United States
Senator A.P. Torshin, Vice-Speaker - Federarion Council of Russia
Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Honorable Jean Chretien
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York
The Honorable Joseph P. Sullivan, Justice, the Supreme Court of New York
Dr. Michael Novak - U.S.Ambassador to UN Human Rights Com., American Enterprise Institute
Governor Y. Fortier - Hudson's Bay Company (est.1667)
Mr. Archie W. Dunham, CEO, ConocoPhillips, Houston,TX
Dr. & Mrs. Cyril Geasintov - President, Russian Nobility Association in America
Prince & Princess V. Galitzine
Prince Ivan Obolensky
Mr. & Mrs. Fred "Ted" W. Lazenby, Kennedy Center, Advisory Board, Washington, DC
Madame Lucie Vanier Vincent, niece of The Rt.Hon. Georges Vanier, The Governor General of Canada
Mr. Frank Military, President, Warner Chappell Music, NYC
Mr. Byron Janis - Steinway Pianist
Maria Cooper Janis - daughter of Film Star Gary Cooper
Mr. Isadore Sharp, Founder & CEO of The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Mr. & Mrs. Regis and Joy Philbin - TV Personality, Creator of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"
Mr. James Gandolfini - Actor
Mr. Mikhail Kalashnikov - Legendary Inventor of AK-47.
Dr.'s Allan Sniderman - Renowned Cardiologist
Mr. Boomer Esiason - American Football Star
Mr. John Bello - Founder of SoBe beverage
Mr. Reggie Jackson, Baseball Hall of Famer
Dr. Wayne Streinlein, Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Mr. & Mrs. Dolph von Arx, Naples, FL
Mr. Gerald Cramer - New York City
Dr. Robert Kimura, Leading U.S. Researcher of the Inner Ear, Boston, MA
Mr. & Mrs. Peter McConnell, Montreal
Mr. & Mrs. R. Regelbrugge, Charlotte, NC
Mr. Tiki Barber - American Football Star
Dr. R. Blackwell, Charlotte, NC
Mr. & Mrs. David & Julia Bianchi, Miami, FL
Mr. Bob Costas - 17 Emmy Award recipient
Mr. George Cohon, CEO, McDonald's Corporation, Toronto
Mr. & Mrs. S. Ross, Toronto
Mr. & Mrs. Bennett Lebow, Fisher Island, FL
Mr. & Mrs. A. Lemire, Montreal
Mr. & Mrs.L.Desmarais, Montreal
Mr. & Mrs.Lawrence D. Glaubinger, New York City
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Steinberg, New York City
Ms. Aziza Mustafa-Zadeh - Jazz Maestro, Germany
Mr. Robert "Bobby" Hull -  Hockey Legend
Mr. Peter Quaife - "The Kinks", UK
Mr. Vladislav Tretiak -  Hockey Legend, Moscow, Russia
Ms. Natasha - granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev 
Mr. Boris Moiseev - Entertainer, Moscow
Mr. Ilya Resnik - Songwriter, Moscow
Ms. Larisa Dolina - Russian Pop Star
Mr. Efim Shifrin - Russian Comedian
Mr. V. Vinokur - Russian Entertainer
Mr. & Mrs. Ignat Solzhenitsyn - son of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn


FEATURED IN (Selected List)
Present Marquis Who’sWho in America
2013 Cassone, The International Art Magazine, United Kingdom
2013 The Tennessean
2013 Magazine Antikvar, Kiev, Ukraine
2012 Russian print-media and TV, re: Patriarch's portrait and State Award "Honored Artist of Udmurtia"
2011 Fine Art Connoisseur
2010 Vatican Splendors - St.Louis, MO ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Exhibition Catalogue
2009 "Hunger for Beauty"  (MercantorNet, online publication)
2008 "Portraits de Famille"  (Le Temps, leading Swiss magazine, Switzerland)
2008 "Reviving the Renaissance; A President With Leadership" - ZENIT publication (Rome)
2008 Associated Press - National and International Print Media
2008 National Review's feature by Michael Novak
2008 Vatican Insider with, EWTN
2008 New York Daily News
2007 Illustrated bestseller Book "Ford and the American Dream -Founded On Right Decisions"
2007 "AskMen - Fine Living Top 10 Portrait Artists"
2006 Life Interview with TV Channel 3 News, Las Vegas
2006 "The World Celebrities Art Fair", Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, Japan
2006 Global news about the portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, newspapers, interviews
2006 TV news about infringment of the copyright of Igor Babailov's paintigs.
2006, 2005 The Russian Nobility Ball, New York City
2005 "Quest" Magazine, New York City
2005 A Taste of Thailand, Washington, DC
2004 Peruvian Encyclopedia, Empresa Editora Il Comercio,S.A  
2004 "In Focus" Magazine
2004 EWTN Global Catholic Radio (live interviews), U.S.A.
2004 Moscow Times, Russia
2004 Robb Report Magazine
2003 New York Family Magazine - U.S.A./International 
2003 "Live with Regis & Kelly" TV Show
2003 Dan’s Papers – Long Island/Manhattan
2003, 2002  New York Times, Brooklyn Papers, New York – U.S.A.
2002 Globe and Mail - Canada
2002 National Post - Canada
2002 Magazine Art - Canada
2001 PRIMO (Italian-American) Magazine - U.S.A.
2001 "Udmurtia", book about the Udmurtia Region, Russia
2001 “Contemporary Russian Realists”
2001 International Artist - Australia 
1999 The Finer Things in Life – U.S.A.
1999, 98 The Artist Magazine – U.S.A.
1998 Focus Magazine – U.S.A.
1997 Classical Realism Journal – U.S.A.
1997 Selecta Magazine – U.S.A.
1996 CJOH TV News
1996, 95, 94  Portrait Signature – U.S.A.
1995 Solo Exhibition, National TV News, Canada
1995 Featured in the film-documentary about Alla Pugachyova, Russian Pop Star
1992 Selected to create a Cover for the book "From East To West" by Antonina Demczyna
1989 "Moskobskiy Komsomolets", National Newspaper (featured with the portrait of the Winner of                the international Jazz competition in Washington, Aziza Mustafa-Zadeh), Russia
1989 Glasgow College of Art Exhibition Catalog, Scotland


ESSAYS  by Igor Babailov
2007 Letter to Artists and Art Students
2005 The SEVEN Essentials to Commissioning A Portrait
2001 Why We Must Keep The Traditions Alive ‘International Artist’ - Australia 
1999, 98 ‘The Artist’s Magazine’ – USA
1997 Keeping the Academic Tradition - ‘Classical Realism Journal’ – USA
1996, 95, 94  ‘Portrait Signature’ – USA
1982 Before Impressionism and after.


FILMS on the Artist

DVD “Igor Babailov” directed and produced by Matt Bush Productions – nationally televised in Japan  for the World Celebrities Art Fair – Starlight Starbright Foundation (Steven Spielberg – Chairman Emeritus)


BOOKS
  • Kids Meet the Presidents - by Paul Rodhe and Paul Beatrice (Mar.31, 2009)
  • ‘Paulina the Sky Girl’  co-authored and illustrated by Igor Babailov – a children’s fiction novel on fighting bullying in schools. 2003


MEMBERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

The Russian Academy of Arts  ( est.1757 ) - Honorary Academician, Elected Life-time Member
The Igor Babailov Institute of Realism - Founder & Instructor
Harry Walker Agency, NYC  - Featured Exclusive Art Speaker
National Arts Club, New York - Elected Member
International Academy of Culture and Art - Honorary Corresponding Member
Art Renewal Center - The Living Master
Russian Nobility Association in America - Elected Member
The Foundation for Sacred Arts - Washington, DC
Portrait Society of America, Inc., Patron Member (2000-2012)
The Drawing Society of Canada - The Drawing Master (Honorary Member)
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists - Advisory Board Member
Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists, Senior Member
Canadian Society of Portrait Artists, Member
Portrait Institute, New York, Charter Member
Babailov's fine art education (1974 -1990), rooted in the curriculum of Classical Realism, especially contributed to his unparalleled skill in academic drawing (or drawing from life), which today is a fundamental challenge for many painters.
Harry Walker Agency, Igor Babailov
Columbus, by Igor Babailov
His father, Valery Babailov, was a portrait and landscape painter, he taught art in a preparatory art school. He was also poet and composer. Igor's mother, Rosa Kudasheva Babailova, was an acclaimed and award-winning teacher of biology & chemistry. In the family of cultured and academic intelligentsia, Igor and his brother Vladislav, grew up in an environment of ethics and inspired creativity.
Painting multi-figurative murals is traditionally recognized as the highest achievement of the artistic expertise. Besides being a portraitist, Mr. Babailov’s uniqueness as an artist is also evident in his large-scale mural size works such as the historical painting of the Columbus Voyage to the Americas, entitled For Gold, God and Glory”, which is permanently featured in the Peruvian Encyclopedia (Empresa Editora Il Comercio,S.A.). His multi-figured composition “BELIEVE”, the official historic portrait of Pope John Paul II, was commissioned in commemoration of the World Youth Days. It is in the Collection of the Vatican Museum and by the personal decree of the late Pope, it is displayed in Castel Gandolfo, the Papal summer residence. His “Who has to suffer…and Why?” 10’x 8’ mural painting, portraying children of different cultural and religious backgrounds, is currently underway and it is dedicated to the innocent victims of today's wars. Mr. Babailov is also the American Director and Co-Author of the international Panorama projects, such as the recent one in the Attaturk Museum, Turkey.
Honored Artist of Udmurtia, Igor Babailov
Igor Babailov - Official Major League Baseball Award for Portraiture
Igor Babailov - Lectures and Demonstrations
Babailov speaking at Harvard University Presentation, Cambridge, MA
Igor Babailov, Russian Nobility Association in America
ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
2012 -           Academician -   Russian Academy of Arts (est. 1757)
1983 - 1990   Master of Fine Arts Degree ( M.F.A.). Painting Studios of  A. Danilichev  and V.N. Zabelin -  Surikov State Academic Art Institute (a.k.a. Surikov Academy of Fine Arts) of the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts (est.1757).
1979 - 1983   Fine Arts Diploma and High School Diploma, Moscow Academic Lyceum of Arts under the Russian Academy of Arts. (Honors graduate, received Professors' Recommendation to the Surikov Academy)
1974 - 1978   Fine Arts Certificate and Diploma, Preparatory School of Fine Art, Glazov, Russia                           (Honors graduate).
SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS
2012 Elected Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)
2012 Awarded State Title "Honored Artist of Udmurt Republic", by the President (Governor) of Udmurtia.
2012 Official Portrait of Patriarch Kirill of Russia unveiled at the historic Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow
2010-2011 Igor Babailov's Vatican Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI selected by the Pope for the Vatican Splendors museum tour, exhibited alongside the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Giotto, Vasari and other Masters of the Renaissance.
2011 ~ Official Major League Baseball ~ Award for Portraiture, Presented at Yankee Stadium, New York City
2010 Commemorative Medal from the Archdiocese of St.Louis, MO presented by Archbishop R. Carlson
Master of Ascending Realism
Pope John Paul II Pontifical Medal
Gen. David H. Petraeus Award "For Excellence"
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Order "Service to Arts" - The Golden Star, by the International Academy of Culture and Art
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